Tripling Down On ‘The Walking Dead’ Does Not Seem Like A Smart Move For AMC At This Point – Forbes

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The Walking Dead AMC The Walking Dead set a record this past weekend, a bad one. Despite a pretty solid season 9 so far where the show is the best it’s been in years, The Walking Dead finally did it, it hit an all-time ratings low with that episode bringing in less viewers than any episode ever, even when it was  just getting started in season 1. The reasons for this are…fairly obvious The show has spent a solid 2-3 years being pretty bad before this. During those 2-3 years, the show has lost almost all of its major characters. Glenn, Abraham, Sasha, Maggie and even the two leads, Rick and Carl Grimes. Now Michonne is on the way out. Carol and Daryl are the only “OGs” that remain. I mean, it’s season 9. This is a nine year old show. .

Ratings are going to go down. The obvious conclusion to draw here is that maybe after a full decade, the era of The Walking Dead is drawing to a close. And yet weirdly, AMC seems more determined than ever to triple down on the series in ways I don’t fully understand, and do not seem to jibe with the current situation. The Walking Dead AMC AMC is renewing The Walking Dead indefinitely. Despite crashing ratings, the show is coming back for season 10, and AMC has routinely talked about the showing lasting effectively forever with a rotating cast, even if ratings are now 25% of what they were at its megahit peak years ago. AMC is keeping Fear the Walking Dead alive despite that show also killing off almost its entire main cast, a creatively questionable new direction in the past season and also falling ratings, though now they’re about half of what The Walking Dead’s are which is…unsettling. Fear is also continuing to siphon off characters from the core show, first Morgan, in an effort that I would argue did not benefit either show, and now Dwight this coming season which I mean, why. ....

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